85th Plenary Meeting of General Assembly: 50th Session - Part 2

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08-Dec-1995 00:56:17
Assembly adopts resolution on University for Peace, continues debate on follow-up to Social Summit at 85th meeting.

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The Secretary-General was requested to consider ways of strengthening cooperation between the United Nations and the University for Peace by the terms of a resolution adopted this morning by the General Assembly without a vote.

Also by that resolution, interested members of the international community were invited to contribute to the Trust Fund for Peace and to the University's budget. Following the adoption of the resolution, the representative of Costa Rica made a statement.

In the Assembly's continued discussion of implementation of the outcome of the World Summit for Social Development, Norway's representative recalled the Summit's adoption of the 20/20 principle, which called for interested developed and developing country partners to allocate, on average, 20 per cent of official development assistance (ODA) and 20 per cent of national budgets, respectively, to basic social programmes. In order to speed up the process of making the 20/20 concept operational, Norway would host a meeting next year aimed at defining "basic social programmes"; identifying methods for implementing the 20/20 approach; and reaching consensus on ways of monitoring implementation.

Several participants endorsed the recommendation that a special session be convened in the year 2000 to examine implementation of the Summit's outcome, including the representatives of Bangladesh, Tunisia and Jamaica. Said the latter, "We would not want the very ambitious recommendations of Copenhagen to come to nothing, due to lack of follow-up and lack of proper management of the implementation process".

The representative of Botswana told the Assembly that the importance of social development for his country was reflected in some statistics, including that 50 per cent of its social spending went to education; improved health services had increased life expectancy from 46 to 63 years of age; 80 per cent of school-aged children had access to education; 80 per cent received immunization and 90 per cent of the population had access to safe water. Those accomplishments had benefitted from the generous assistance of the international community.

The representative of the United States reported on progress achieved in initiatives announced at the Summit by his country's First Lady and Vice- President. Among them had been a 10-year, $100 million women and girls initiative.

Other statements were made by the representatives of Panama, United Arab Emirates, Slovenia, Malta, Turkey, Pakistan and Egypt.

The General Assembly will meet again at 3 p.m. today to consider implementation of the outcome of the Fourth World Conference on Women: Action for Equality, Development and Peace.

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